Lee District December Newsletter

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081


Cheryl Austin
Executive Admin Assistant



Upcoming School Events

Edison HS

Winter Orchestra Concert
Tuesday, December 11 – 7pm


Winter Choir Concert
Wednesday, December 12 – 7pm


Theater Benefit Concert
Thursday, December 13 – 7pm


Lee HS

Winter Concert feat. Lancer Chorus and Orchestra
Tuesday, December 11 – 7pm


Hayfield SS
Chorus Winter Concert
Wednesday, December 12 – 7pm


Orchestra Concert
Thursday, December 13 – 7pm


Mt. Vernon HS
Band Concert
Thursday, December 18 – 7pm


Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, December 19 – 7pm


Choral Concert
Thursday, December 20 – 7pm

Happy Winter - I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. As this year is quickly coming to a close and the holidays are upon us, it's a great time to be thankful and reflective. I am grateful and humbled to serve parents, staff and all students in the Lee District community.  


I hope to see you this week at my Kaufax Koffee. I also want to wish you and your family an enjoyable winter break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.




Kaufax Koffee

Please join me for casual conversation this Wednesday.  I will provide pastries and my perspective on any FCPS topic you choose to raise. I find these discussions productive and enlightening, so grab a latte and share what’s on your mind!  No reservations necessary.


Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Grounded Coffee

6919 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia


Power of Yoga - The CALM program


Groveton Elementary School students enjoying their 30 minutes of weekly yoga. School's faculty and staff are also offiered yoga before the bell rings.


Channel 4 News visited Groveton Elementary School to visit Sueann Tupy’s classroom. Her classroom is a peaceful, safe place, complete with a singing bowl, battery powered candles, white noise, and comfortable places to unwind. Ms. Tupy is a 23-year veteran teacher and is in her first year running the CALM (Classrooms and Community Achieving Lifelong Mindfulness) program at Groveton, combining 20 years of practicing yoga and mindfulness with her experience as a classroom teacher to help students and faculty alike.


To view the news segment, visit: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/Elementary-Schoolers-Become-Yogis-at-Alexandria-School_Washington-DC-502029161.html


GrandInvolve's The Match Game - Volunteering with Passion and Purpose

Join us for a workshop designed to help you match your skills, hobbies and passion with volunteer opportunities in our community while learning about GrandInvolve - a unique volunteer experience that uses your skills and experience to help students in our community succeed in school. For more information, contact info@grandinvolve.org.


December 13 - 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

John Marshall Library Meeting Room 1

6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria


GrandInvolve is a program which facilitates volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County's Title I Schools. GrandInvolve recruits older adult volunteers who are interested in providing mentoring, reading and math tutoring, or classroom assistance.


Purple Star Lee District Schools

Fourteen Fairfax County public schools are among 59 schools in Virginia recognized as Purple Star schools, indicating they are military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families. The recognition was announced by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children.


Congratulations to the three Lee District schools who were among these schools to receive the Purple Star: Clermont Elementary, Hayfield Secondary, and Lane Elementary.


To qualify for a Purple Star, schools must have a trained staff member as a primary point of contact for military families and students who also serves as a liaison between the school and local military communities. Schools must also demonstrate their commitment to meeting the needs of military students by providing resources and programming on issues important to military families, such as transitions and academic planning.


Important Dates

December 14: Students released 3 Hours Early
December 24 - January 4, 2019: Winter Break
January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday – Student Holiday

January 24: 2nd Grading Period Ends

January 25: Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday